• The baking industry
Most countries with developed economies, as well as a number of developing countries, have strong bakery industries. Bakeries provide necessities to the population in terms of bread and cake products. Almost every household relies on the consumption of staple products such as bread, and so the baking industry is able to thrive with this large, reliable demand. Bakeries require skilled bakers as well as other employees to serve customers, meaning the industry provides significant employment opportunities. Many people in their later teen years take up apprenticeships in bakeries to learn the trade.
• Bakeries in the modern world
It is debatable as to whether or not bakeries will continue to thrive in today's modernized world. This is for the most part down to the rise in the power of supermarket chains. Many supermarkets now provide bread and other bakery products themselves - some even have their own bakeries in-store. This is bad news for independent bakeries who struggle to compete with the supermarkets; they are unable to provide the same level of convenience. That said, in most cases the quality of their goods is significantly higher than those sold in supermarkets. It remains to be seen whether the bakery industry will be able to survive when the major supermarkets have such great monopoly power.